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Category Archives: Travel

Travel Around the World Safely

1. The perfect moment will be more unforgettable when we have someone to share with. Taking some vacations with your beloved ones or people that have close relationship with you will make the holiday even more fun than doing the traveling alone. While walking around the city, it is recommended that you keep on walking on the main street and have companion with you especially during night traveling.

2. Equip yourself with first aids, some medicines, sunglasses, and sun block, especially when you go to some tropical countries so that you can enjoy sun bathing nicely without making your skins gets burned.

3. It is necessary that you take as little as possible and pack only things that you need. For example, you don’t have to bring lots of clothes with you because you can buy some clothes on the places that you visit. Beside, you may not want to miss the chance in trying some traditional or local clothes while you visit Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, and other places. It is necessary to you don’t have to bring some jewelry with you while traveling. It is also necessary that you write your name on your luggage. Make sure that you get your travel insurance, legal documents and enough money of course.

4. Before you visit any countries, it is necessary for you to learn the law and customs in those countries. It will be very helpful to enable you in understanding what to do and what not to do while visiting the country. You may want to learn how to greet the local people with their own language; it will be a great start on communicating with them.

Trip to Incredible Indonesia

1. Bali

Of course, this will always top the list as everyone’s favorite destination to travel to. The endless days of sunshine and amazing landscape makes Bali one of the most loved destinations around the world. It’s no wonder that Bali ends up in a lot of bucket lists.

Bali is home to friendliest locals which makes it one of the top reasons to visit this destination. The traditional way of life experienced in Bali is one of its own kinds. From cultural festivals to the mouth watering cuisine, your trip will surely be an amazing one. Nothing beats the awe-inspiring landscape of Bali. The beaches are truly heavenly and offer opportunities for a perfect break!

2. Komodo Islands

If you wish to experience something truly exotic in Bali, travel to the wonderful Komodo Islands. Even though Bali is more popular, these islands are truly unmissable. Most of the travelers find it to be a piece of heaven on earth. Since there are less people living in and around the islands, it tends to be more peaceful than other Indonesian destinations. The ethnic groups in the Komodo Islands are truly a pleasure to explore. They are extremely hospitable and would kindly show you around all the wonderful attractions.

Komodo National Park is one of the main attractions in the island. The exotic wildlife and nature is surely going to be the highlight of your trip there. Travelers love spotting the famous Komodo dragon.
Since the Komodo National Park is home to several trails, it is a perfect place for adventurers. The trails might be difficult for hiking, but it’s surely rewarding with the spectacular views you witness along the way.

3. Borobudur

This is one destination you must explore during your trip to Indonesia. Famous for being the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, it is truly a wondrous place to visit. There are plenty of hotels nearby that offer a luxurious stay. Exploring the surroundings in Borobudur is truly a delightful experience.

One of the top experiences that travelers make an effort for is witnessing the sunrise from Borobudur. Although this means you’d have to wake up pretty early to get to the site, the effort would be totally worth it because the site is one of a kind!

Affordable Travel Packages

Do you really need an all-inclusive package? Are the “inclusions” even worth paying for? It all depends on what you really want out of a vacation. For most people, airfare, clean room, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi is enough. Before selecting an all-inclusive package, ask yourself if you can do without some of the stuff it comes with.

Another important consideration is location. There can be hotels all over a city. Don’t think that just because you’re getting a room at a low price that you will be saving money. Depending on its location, you could end up paying more on a car rental, bus, or taxi. You might not even have to rent a car if your hotel is located walking distance from all of the places you plan to visit. At the very least, there should be a supermarket within walking distance so you can grab a few necessities.

Always know EXACTLY what you are booking and paying for. Don’t get scammed by so-called “affordable travel packages” that have hidden fees. Not that all of them do – some really are good bargains. You still need to be careful. It also helps to read the terms and conditions to understand the cancellation process. Some packages will charge you money if you have a change of plans and have to cancel. You might even come across some no-refund type of offers.

Use Google Maps or some other type of interactive street map for a better understanding of where a hotel is located in relation to restaurants, shops, bus stations, the airport, train stations, beach, etc. Having an idea of where everything is located will make it easier to sort through affordable travel packages.

Safety Airplane

I love Indonesia. It is a wonderful country with more than ten thousand tropical islands, thousands of dialects and hundreds of interesting cultures. White sand and paradisiacal beaches, impenetrable rainforest and archipelago of active volcanoes make this territory one of the most wonderful countries in the world for backpackers. The wild life inside the sea as on the land are incredibly diversified and Indonesia count hundreds, if not thousands of species you won’t find anywhere else. Additionally, Indonesia has rich natural resources which provide food and premium material for this over populated country (more than 200 millions people).

What relation with airplane? I believe many people are reluctant to travel around Indonesia since the recent event. Or should I say events (with an “s”). Indeed, the last few years have been catastrophic in terms of Airplane Crash. Unfortunately, this wonderful country is governed by a vast majority of corrupted politician who have much better to do than controlling the airplane regulation. So of course, the big competitions among Airlines Company push each of them to reduce the charges at any cost. And very often starting by reduce the maintenance frequency of their planes or the used of old spare parts, etc.. This can be scary, but it is the true.

Obviously, the Indonesian Transport’s Ministry’s recently announced that they will probably drop three airlines to the lowest rating category. Those Airlines were Adam Air, Wings Air and Dirgantara Air. Basically, they separate the companies in three different category. The first category (category I) is considered as the “fully compliant” group. The companies in the last category (category III) will have three months to make improvement before having their licenses revoked. The middle category (category II) is for the companies which have met the minimal safety requirement but have not yet complied with a number of flight-related safety measures.

After checked the safety regulations of all the 20 passenger airlines, they come with the following results.

None of the airlines are completely complying with safety regulations. It means that none of the all Indonesia airlines companies are in the category I. The 13 companies in the category II are: Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Mandala Airlines, Pelita Air Service, Riau Airlines, Trigana Air Service and Travel Express Aviation Service. These airlines fall short on a smaller number of safety requirements. And for the bottom category III, we have: Batavia, Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Trans Wisata Air, Jatayu Airlines and cargo jetliners Tri MG Intra Asia Airlines and Manunggal Air Service.

Some of the company airlines in the middle category proclaim to have no idea of the kind of criteria the government is using to rate the airlines. I have to admit that transparency has never been the strong point of this government. Some airlines promised they will make improvements. At least, this result has boosted the debate and obviously should improve the situation in the future.

Personally, I believe AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia or Merpati to be some of the safest, despite the tragic event’s of Garuda Indonesia last month. For AirAsia, it is actually not a local company as they are based in Malaysia, but they provide at least fifteen destinations in Indonesia. And the have some of the cheapest airline tickets available in Asia.

Must See Attractions in Bali

1. The Iconic Temple of Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is widely known as the place of the most iconic Temple in Bali. This temple is located on the top of a big rock which is surrounded by the sea.

You’ll impress yourself when you saw this temple for the first time. The sound of the waves that crashing on the base of the big rock will be the background music that calming your mind. Moreover, you’ll see the best sunset view in your life from this place.

2. Uluwatu Temple

Aside from The Temple of Tanah Lot, Uluwatu temple is another iconic temple in Bali that worth to visit. Standing on the cliff edge in southwestern Bukit peninsula, this temple has attracted many tourists to come and enjoy a beautiful blue ocean landscapes from this temple. Uluwatu temple also the best place to view a beautiful sunset.

3. Besakih Temple

The largest temple in Bali that also known as ‘the mother of temples’ by the local people is another place that worth to visit when you come to Bali. It’s located in Mount Agung, the famous mountain in Bali.

What makes this temple more unique than other temples are that there are eighteen separated sanctuaries which belonging to a different caste. And there are three main temples which are dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Scenic Golf Travel Destination

Indah Puri doesn’t have the high reputation of Bintan, but it is definitely one of the most scenic courses in Batam. The course runs parallel to the ocean one moment, then meanders between scenic lakes and bunkers the next.

Laguna Bintan offers scenic golf along the South China Sea. On the front nine, twice you come down to the palm-fringed beach. The first occasion, the tough par-3 8th, requires a shot across the beach, over a rocky shore and onto a secluded green lined by trees. Though this hole looks intimidating, the stress is minimized by the beautiful ocean view, with Malaysia in the distance and the Banyan Tree villas situated on a jungled hill across the bay. The second beach encounter happens on the other side of the resort. Here you will find the short and palm-fringed par-3 12th.

Next on the list is the beautiful Ria Bintan Golf Club, and its spectacular Ocean course. The impressive par-4 5th and 6th holes take you through scenic natural jungle. Then on the award-winning par-5 7th, you tee-off in the jungle and arrive at a green with a small pond on the front-right, and the South China Sea beyond. The next two holes are even more spectacular. The par-4 8th features a green which appears to sit out in the ocean, while the tough par-3 9th is played across the ocean to another stunningly framed green, this time situated above the ocean on a rocky platform.

Although golf at the Tering Bay G&CC does not have the excellent reputation of neighboring Bintan, with poorer maintenance standards often cited, it does have a reputation as another of Batam’s best courses. Set among green hills, tropical jungle, and luscious lakes, the scenery alone would be worth the visit.

Trip Planning Advice For Indonesia

Day 1 – Arrive Jakarta.

2 – Jakarta.

3 – Fly to Yogyakarta.

4 – Yogyakarta.

5 – Fly to Bali.

6 and 7-Bali.

8 – Fly to Flores.

9 – Flores.

10 – Fly to Sumatra (via Denpasar, Bali).

11 – Sumatra.

12 – Full-day trip (with cruise) to Lake Toba.

Day 13 – Back to Jakarta to depart country.

For the travelers with less time, and interest only in Bali, I’d recommend the following 8-day trip.

Day 1 – Arrive Denpasar, Bali. Overnight in either Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua, depending on your interests.

2 – Depart in the morning for Ubud, stopping at craft villages along the way. Stroll through town and attend an evening dance performance.

3 – Ubud. Spend the day exploring the surrounding sites and villages.

4 – Depart in the morning for a drive to Batur Volcano and Lake, the Mother Temple and the royal baths at Tirtagangaa. Overnight in either Candidasa or Tulamben.

5 – In Tulamben, spend the morning snorkeling or scuba diving around the offshore wreck of the USS Liberty. Depart in the afternoon for Lovina.

6 – Get up early in the morning to see the dolphins.

7 – Depart Lovina. Head for Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua for overnight.

Day 8 – Spend the day shopping and on the beach. Visit the Uluwatu or Tanah Lot temples. Depart in the evening.

If you are able to stay longer in Indonesia, consider extending the stay in Bali one week or adding a week on the islands of Ambon and Sulawesi. Another option would be to spend 3 to 5 days on Bali, travel to Surabaya by bus (or van) and ferry, take a train to Yogyakarta (a daylong trip) and spend a few days there before flying to Denpasar or Jakarta for your departure. Other alternatives include a trip to Komodo Island; a two- or three-day trip to the easternmost major island, Papua, to see the birds and jungles and try its fabulous diving; a four-day trip to Kalimantan to visit the orangutans; or a few days on an excursion to one of the volcanoes. Most travelers see only the major islands and sights and leave satisfied. But if you have lots of time and patience, you can visit literally hundreds of other islands. Most are only seen by dedicated anthropologists, ornithologists or long-term around-the-world adventurers.

Discount Travel Deals Info

One way to get a good deal is to look over “undercover hotel” offers. The prices are so low that the hotels don’t want to advertise the offers outright; you won’t find out the name of the hotel until after the booking. While this may seem like a gamble, many top-name hotels like Marriott, Hilton, and Sheraton are involved with these offers. You can usually view some information about the neighborhood the hotel is located in and the types of amenities it offers before you decide whether or not you want to book.

Another way to obtain discount travel deals is to use budget airlines. More and more budget carriers are offering long haul trips – some of which are even offering flights to other countries. WOW and Norwegian Air are two airlines to look into if you want to fly internationally. For domestic flights, consider Jet Blue or Allegiant Air.

Flying direct might not always be the answer, either. Sure, you might get to your destination a lot faster, but you might end up paying a lot more. It might be a lot cheaper to book a flight to another city first, and then book a separate flight from that city to your intended destination.

Warnings for Discount Travel Deals

Watch out for airfare that seems TOO low. You might wind up getting hit by a bunch of hidden fees. Some smaller airlines charge extra for onboard drinks and snacks – including water. You might also get charged for a carry-on bag. Be sure to read over the fine print to determine if you really will be getting a good deal.

You can save money if you book with a hotel and airline that are partners with each other. On travel booking sites, there is usually an option to combine your flight and your hotel room. There are also memberships and loyalty points to consider. If you’re an American Airlines AAdvantage member, for instance, you can earn points for staying at hotels such as Best Western, Hilton, Marriott, La Quinta Inn, etc. Convert those points into free air miles. There are many, many opportunities like these. Some credit card companies also reward points that can be redeemed for airfare or free hotel rooms.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any discount travel deals right away – sometimes it takes just a bit of patience. The perfect offer will eventually pop up.

About Bali Travel Guide

The people of Bali are very friendly, and enjoy having visitors come to their area. Many speak English to interact with tourists. They have chosen to preserve their culture for all to see rather than change it to become like other countries. The beaches are a main attraction with surfing being one of the most popular activities. Others enjoy renting a boat for the day to relax on the open waters.

Lodging in Bali ranges from small bungalows to huge fancy hotels, all with basic accommodations to meet the needs of tourists. The view from your hotel will be wonderful because of the rich beauty of the area regardless of where you choose to stay.

The people of Bali are very artistic. They enjoy painting, weaving, carving, basket making, and other arts. Children are taught art from a very early age. They often display their makings to sell to the tourists.

Temples are a main attraction in Bali. They are called Pura. The temples provide an opportunity to explore religion and art of the culture. The people of Bali are still very religious, and it is very important that those visiting the Temples show respect for their religious beliefs.

Art galleries exhibit creative and attractive art work to view. Wildlife and nature reserves are popular in Bali. Many people go to get a glimpse of the very dangerous Komodo Dragon, a large lizard that is found only in the area and is extinct. The rare Java tiger is also displayed.

There are more than 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, 128 are still active. They offer a historical view of this natural creation to observe. Botanic Gardens are also a very popular attraction. Displaying flora and fauna as well as promoting conservation, people are drawn to the beauty of such attractions.

While Indonesia is a beautiful and serene place to visit, it is strongly advised at this time to be cautious with such visits due to the possibility of terrorist attacks. If you do choose to travel to the area do not travel alone and make sure you have registered with the US Embassy.

Reasons to Visit Ireland

Unspoiled Landscape

One of the greatest wonders to see is Slieve League, which is the country’s highest sea-cliffs and only accessible after completing a drive along a winding coastal road. This is a completely unspoiled region that offers stunning coastline scenery. The country’s coastline stretches for nearly 9000 miles which gives tourist a natural feast of attractions to explore. Many of the appealing attractions include the inland waterways, rural bog lands, pebbly beaches and vast mountains.

Rich History

Ireland has a very rich history that makes it an ideal destination for the historians. Much of the history dates to prehistoric times, which includes plenty of ancient sites, magnificent houses and museums. A visit to Country Meath is great for those interested in archaeological sites. Plus, there are many castles to be seen across the country with many restored to their past glory. Additionally, there are plenty of arts and historical centres that can be visited to get a better appreciation of the local heritage.

Food and Drink

Tasting the traditional food and beverages on a holiday in Ireland is certain to help get a true appreciation of the country. Potato cakes, Irish stews, Irish coffee, Irish whiskey and Guinness are just a few of the great things to taste while on the travels. Many of the meals are home cooked and simple which should appeal to even the most difficult to please eaters.